1 Rise, follow Me! our Master saith,
All ye who make my yoke your choice.
Deny yourselves, be true to death,
And follow where'e'r ye hear my voice;
Forsake the world, nor count it loss,
O tread in my steps and bear the cross.
2 For he who seeks to save his life
Shall find his care without me vain;
Who seems to lose it in the strife
Shall find it in his God again;
Who follows not my cross through all,
He can not be worthy of my call.
3 O help us follow Thee, dear Lord,
As Thy true servants did of old,
Forsaking all things at Thy Word,
In suff'ring calm, in danger bold;
'Tis only he who wins the fight
May e'er hope to wear the crown of light.
Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >